Primary angioplasty after a myocardial infarction is also better than thrombolysis in a real world setting: though up to two hours after the infarction the two methods are equivalent, according to Swedish findings from a study of 21 000 patients. …
Monthly Archive: November 2005
The ABT578-eluting ENDEAVOR stent has been compared head-to-head with sirolimus-eluting Cypher. Duke University’s David Kandzari told us more.
The VALIANT trial compared ACE-inhibitor, ARB and a combination of the two in high-risk post-MI patients, and found there may be an interaction between them and statins. John McMurray from the Western Infirmary in Glasgow.
A study of 9 000 women with established cardiovascular disease has found that mortality is reduced by 25 per cent among those taking aspirin, and that the dose of daily aspirin does not affect this result. Jeffrey Berger…
Registry analysis suggests women often receive too much treatment with glycoprotein 2B3A inhibitors. Duke University’s Karen Alexander told us more.
The effect of aspirin in preventing cerebrovascular disease is different in women as compared with men. A meta-analysis of six studies presented at the AHA meeting by David Brown shows that aspirin has a big role to play …
In addition to lipid levels, statins are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and immunomodulatory effects which could help explain their impact on cardiovascular outcomes. But do these pleiotropic effects matter, or is ta all down to lipid lowering? At the …
More evidence for the benefits of aggressive lipid-lowering with statins has come from the IDEAL study, which randomised nearly 9000 post-MI patients to either 80 mg of atorvastatin or 20/40 mg simvastatin daily. Terje Pedersen from Ulleval University …
A 20 000-person study of eicosapentaenoic acid supplements gave solid scientific support for EPA use to prevent cardiovascular events among patients with established coronary artery disease. Mitsuhiro Yokoyama of Kobe University told us more about it.
For atrial fibrillation, oral anti-coagulation remains the treatment of choice despite the potential of an anti-platelet regimen based on aspirin and clopidogrel, according to the ACTIVE-W trial. Stuart Connolly from McMaster University presented the findings.
Blood vessels made through tissue engineering are being trialled in humans and may provide a future source of grafts from coronary applications. That is the latest from a California-based company, Cytograft, who presented details of their methods and …
Drug-eluting stents should not be the favoured option for treating saphenous vein graft lesions according conclusions from a registry analysis presented to the American Heart Association conference by Jeff Trost from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.